Pastor – Reverend Tyler Flowers 

Tyler Flowers is a Full Time Local Licensed Pastor within the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  After pursuing a career in broadcast television, he felt the call to full time ministry.  He has been working in ministry for thirteen years and has a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a BA in Mass Communication with a concentration in telecommunications from Georgia College and State University.

He grew up in Conyers, GA and is married to his beautiful wife Jennifer and father to two amazing little girls, Elizabeth “Liza” and Brooklyn

In his free time he enjoys Film, Video editing, Video games, reading and writing.  

Tyler loves the calling that God has placed on his life.  The journey of growing in his faith is one that keeps him growing and wanting to spend more time with Jesus Christ.



Lay Leader & Music Director – Jan Anderson

Jan Marie Anderson was born in Pontiac, Michigan  She moved to New Port Richey, Florida when she was 10 years old.  After attending Pasco Hernando Community college for two years she went to Brewton-Parker College in Mr. Vernon, Georgia.  Jan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in  Early Childhood.  After working a few years she went and got a Master’s degree in Education from GC&SU.  She also has a Gifted Endorsement and a Reading endorsement.  


Jan moved to Milledgeville, Georgia in 1991 to teach Kindergarten at M.E. Lewis Elementary School.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church when it was downtown and where it is currently on Log Cabin Road.  After 10 years of driving back and forth to work, Jan started teaching 1st grade at Midway Elementary School.  Jan bought a house in Logan’s Bluff off of Stembridge Road.  Her neighbor set her up on a blind date with Andy Anderson (co-worker of the neighbor).  A year later they eloped in Helen, Georgia.  A year after that  John the IV was born.  Two years later Noah was born.  The family would travel from UMC  (Sunday School) to Hopewell (church service) every Sunday.  After a few years of back and forth, the family settled in at Hopewell Methodist Church.  Jan moved her membership to Hopewell,  and both boys went through the confirmation classes and joined the church as well.  


Jan has always been musical.  She has always sang in a choir …probably before she could talk, she sang!!  Jan learned the basics of piano at a young age, played instruments (recorder, clarinet, cymbals, xylophone, and bass clarinet) throughout school, and learned how to play the tenor saxophone in college so she could be in the jazz band.  


Jan sang with the Hopewell choir and played in the Hopewell handbell choir.  When the Pandemic hit, Jan and another bell ringer made sure that the bells were heard almost every Sunday.  When the Pandemic calmed down and the choir would start singing with the congregation Hopewell did not have a song leader.  Jan volunteered to help out with the leading of the hymns with the congregation until a Choir Director could be hired.  


Jan has retired now from teaching and is more involved with the workings at Hopewell and has been a wonderful addition to our staff.  


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Lay Member of the Annual Conference – Jeanene Vinson

Jeanene was born in Americus, Georgia.  There were 3 girls in the family and when the baby was six months old, they moved to Stevens Pottery, Georgia, to be near family.  Jeanene graduated from Peabody High School in 1955. 

In August of 1956 Jeanene moved her church letter to Hopewell United Methodist Church.  On September 23, 1956, she married the love of her life, Alvin, at Hopewell.  A job at J. P. Stevens & Company, Inc., started on January 2, 1956.  Jeanene began a 39 year career as a secretary that included time at Stevens, as well as at First Presbyterian Church, and Elliot’s TV, Microwave and Computers.  She retired from Chambers Cleaners at the age of 75. 

Jeanene has three daughters, two by birth and one who became her daughter as a teenager – and someone she had known all her life.  She came to Jeanene needing a safe place and found a forever home.  Today,  she has 6 grandchildren on earth and one in heaven and 12 great-grandchildren.  Most people do not know that her first name is Betty.

Pianist – Becky Cooper

Becky Cooper was born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia.  She graduated from Georgia Military College High School and then from Georgia College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with majors in Accounting and Management.  She also graduated from Georgia College with a Master of Business Administration degree.  She is employed at a local bank.

Becky has attended Hopewell United Methodist Church since “before she was born.”  She grew up in Sunday School and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF).  She has been a member of the Adult I Sunday School class since she was in college.  She has even been in the same Sunday School class with her parents and grandparents.

Becky received her piano for Christmas when she was eight years old and in the third grade.  She started taking piano lessons two days after she received her piano and has continued taking lessons until she graduated from high school.  She started playing the clarinet when she was in the fifth grade and also played until she graduated from high school.

Becky served as Hopewell’s pianist from 1995 until 1998 and then played for the morning and evening worship services, the children’s choir, and the adult choir.  She became interim pianist in May 2017.  She assumed the role of Hopewell’s pianist in October 2017.

A few interesting facts about Becky:  Her great-great-grandfather, Constantine Banner Anderson, was one of the founding ministers of Hopewell United Methodist Church.  Becky has a 29-year perfect Sunday School attendance pin.  Her perfect attendance began when she was eight years old and continued until the Sunday before she married Anthony.

Financial Services – Julie Lavender

Julie was born and raised in Laurens County in the small town of Dudley. She moved to Milledgeville in 1982 and attended Georgia College where she received her BBA in Marketing.  Julie first worked for Philip Morris, Inc., for ten years as a Territory Sales Manager before opening up L & L Farm Mart, a local feed and seed store.  She owned and operated this business for 14 years.  After selling the store, Julie went to work at Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and her current position is Records Clerk. She’s been employed their for five years and counting.  

Julie met and married a local guy, Greg, in 1986 and has been married for 32 years. They have one daughter, Logan.  In her spare time she enjoys working outside and planting flowers, spending time with family and friends, and especially playing with her  dogs . . . and there’s lots of them!!!!